Shah Rukh Khan will be the Chief Guest at the upcoming Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), where he will be presenting the film Bulbul Can Sing, as the opening night film. This is a new film by Rima Das, who achieved global recognition for her Assamese-language film Village Rockstars, which won the National Award for Best Feature Film in 2018 and was India’s official entry to the Oscars. Rima’s new film Bulbul Can Sing has already been showcased at different global platforms and it will be screened in the cultural capital of the VIctorian state in Australia on 8th August. Talking about the film’s screening at the annual festival, which will also be the Australian premiere of the film, Rima said,
“I love the enthusiasm and exuberance of an opening night. So excited that Bulbul Can Sing is the opening night film at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. Special thanks to the organisers. The film has truly been special for me as a filmmaker. The response and appreciation we have received from across the places we had travelled to with the film is also very special. I’m looking forward to the Australian premiere of the film and interacting with the audiences there and having a conversation with them on cinema.”
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Bulbul Can Sing is the story of three teenagers who are discovering their sexual identities while dealing with the traditional mindset of the villagers.
The IIFM, which is funded by the State Government of Victoria and will be held from 8-17 August 2019, will be celebrating its decade long initiative to promote Indian movies. On being selected as the Chief Guest of this festival, Shah Rukh Khan said, “I’m honoured and delighted to accept the invitation from the Victorian government and the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne to open their festival as their chief guest. An industry of our magnitude and diversity deserves to be celebrated with great passion and fervour, which is what the festival embodies. I’m particularly pleased with the theme of the festival this year which is courage, an emotion that resonates with storytellers who really have the might to change the society and the world. I have had great memories of shooting for Chak De India in Melbourne and look forward to being back again, this time to celebrate Indian cinema.”
Watch Bulbul Can Sing trailer here: